Theatre-as-research: a dynamic methodology for arts-based inquiry

Vallack, Jocene (2017) Theatre-as-research: a dynamic methodology for arts-based inquiry. In: Remenyi, Dan, (ed.) Innovation in the Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Awards: An Anthology of Case Histories 2017. Case Study Research: The Quick Guides Series . Academic Conferences and Publishing International, Sonning Common, UK, pp. 39-48.

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While teaching research methodology at James Cook University in Australia, it became apparent that the theatre devised from story narratives, which I had been doing with drama students for decades, could be viewed as a distinct type of research methodology.

In this chapter, I shall present a snapshot of a recent case, which uses theatre to teach and present research. From a pedagogical perspective, Theatre as Research engages the university students in learning about research through active interviewing, data analysis and interpretation of data via a play script that is acted out. It is dynamic research, in that it is characterized by vigorous collection methods involving the collection of first-person, narrative data. This data is then synthesised into a play, using group improvisations. For the research students, there is a sense of purpose and a satisfaction of playing a part in the change and development of narrative into theatre.

Item ID: 51846
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-911218-42-5
Keywords: theatre in education; arts-based-research; theatre as research
Date Deposited: 30 May 2018 04:32
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 100%
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